Thursday, March 14, 2013

All Good things.....

....must come to an end.

We're getting ready to head home in a few days.  I'm always sad when the end of our vacation comes - although I have no business complaining ! 

The weather has been fabulous.  Today at 7:30 in Palm Springs it's 96 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Sure beats the weather we've been having at home - torrential downpours for the last couple of days.

My daughter and I have had a fabulous time together, golfing and just vegging out and relaxing,  The house has been wonderful as usual and the pool to die for !

I'm also sad to be leaving as a neighbourhood cat - we don't believe it to be a stray - has adopted us and has spent most days since we arrived here with us.  She seems to be very well fed - she's also an awesome hunter as one poor rat learned to his dismay !  She such a little doll that I seriously contemplated packing her up and taking her home with us.  The voice of reason finally prevailed - it's my fervent belief (hope ?) that she is a beloved pet and that some family is giving her lots of love !  If I thought for a minute that she was a stray.......well, best not to go there !

We're playing our last round of golf tomorrow - supposed to be in the 90's again tomorrow - and then I'll spend Saturday as my last pool day.  I have over-indulged in the sun for the last month so will probably end up looking like some wizened up old crone.   Whatever !

Gotta run.  Caio !

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Only one more week :(

We have only one more week left and then we're back to reality again. 

I shouldn't complain.....we've had a wonderful time.   The weather has  been fabulous - a few windy days but still sunny and bright. The wind coming in off the desert is cold and strong and it's not much fun golfing when it's like that !  So for those few days, we've done other things.
Yesterday we went into Palm Springs and walked around the shopping district.  Very disappointing.  So many stores closed or going out of business.  Only a few clothing stores (expensive and catering to stick people) and a few jewellry stores. I didn't see much else of interest.   Two whole blocks of stores have been closed in preparation for a big hotel being built.  Not a whole lot to see that's for sure.

We did enjoying checking out all the restaurants though.  There are a few interesting ones - some very expensive - and lots of happy hours specials.  We plan to visit one of the local pubs in town sometime next week .

The weather is improving today - supposed to be in mid 70's and then the temperature is increasing daily into next week.  They're calling for 90 by Wednesday.  Woo hoo!   We have golf booked for Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Luckily with the clocks going back tonight, we'll have an extra hour of daylight so will be able to tee off a little later in the day when it's not quite so hot.  Not that I'm complaining!

I've scored some excellent deals on stamps and other treasures from Joann's.  Love, love, love Joann's!
I've also ordered some art supplies on line while I'm here so they should arrive shortly after we return home.
As well, I've managed to complete some journal spreads and have discovered zentangles and I'm hooked.  I probably won't be able to post any art while I'm here....I want to enjoy as much of the fabulous weather as I can when I'm here.  I can post anytime!

Well must run.  The pool is calling my name!


Friday, March 01, 2013

My Special Place

I don't know what it is about Palm Springs but I love it here.   Absolutely love it here!  I feel safe and it feels like coming home when we return each year.  Granted, it is a bit of a pilgramage - Garry died here and he so loved it - so maybe that's part of it.

I love, love, love the house we rent - the pool is magnificent and we're situated close to everything we need.  I wish I could afford to live here 6 months of the year. I wish I could afford to buy a home here.....that's not going to happen!  So each February I migrate to Palm Springs (can you say lemming? ) and I feel rejuvenated and fulfilled.  Special magic here!

I brought a 5 x 7 journal with me and I've been working in it.  I've managed to complete 6 spreads and hope to complete more in the remaining 2 weeks here.  I really like this size - I use different sizes at home some 6 x 11, some 8 1/2 by 11.  However that's a lot of space to fill up.  I prepared the pages before I came and I'm really loving this smaller journal !  I'll post some of my pages when we get home.

Saturday and Sunday are pool days - its supposed to be 84 for the next couple of days so we'll be enjoying the pool.   It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it !  Saturday is the 5th anniversary of my husband's death.,....I cannot believe it has been so long - it seems like that was another lifetime and yet it feels like yesterday. He loved life and lived it at warp speed - he loved  to eat and to gamble so the plan is to have steak and prawns here at the house and then go the casino and gamble our faces off.  It seems fitting and he'd like that!

Must run.  We just got back from golf - it was wonderful!  The fabulosity of Palm Springs is amazing!  We need to eat and then retire to watch tv.  Life is grand, isn't it?